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Reading Lists: Information for Semester 1 2020

By Curtin Library 14 January 2020 News & events No Comments »

With the commencement of Semester One, 2020, teaching staff are reminded to arrange access to unit readings through the Library’s Reading List system.

The Course Quality Manual states that all units must have a list unless exempted. In particular, all learning resources copied under the University’s Statutory Licence must be recorded in the Reading List system.

Your next steps

Teaching staff who wish to roll over existing Reading Lists should do so now.

Staff should also check that their lists are Associated with the correct Blackboard units and that the lists are Published.

Staff must use Reading Lists to notify the Library of their unit’s prescribed essential learning resources. Check the Prescribed learning resource for this unit (Visible to Library Staff only) box in the Add Tags form to do this.

New Reading List features

Simpler roll over

This semester, new functionality allows teaching staff to roll over an existing Reading List from the Reading List Welcome Wizard, which appears when no list is associated to a Blackboard unit. This is a convenient way to create a brand new copy of an existing list.

The Multi-course Single Reading Lists association is also available to save time creating lists.

New tagging option

For quicker tagging, a form now appears when adding citations that lets you tick the relevant tags. Tagging your citations will let you easily access Library services, such as resource purchasing, digitising print resources with copyright management and adding items to the High Demand collection.

Other updates

My List Filters

There is a filter that turns itself on when navigating from the Reading List to the My Lists view. Ensure that it is turned off by clicking the blue cross to see all Reading Lists.

Acquisition of print books

Curtin Library is an electronic format preferred Library. Print formats will only be purchased if the item is a tagged as a prescribed learning resource or if no electronic format is available. If the item is print only, the number acquired is based on whether the item is tagged as Prescribed, Essential or Recommended and the size of the student cohort.

Need help?

For help with Reading Lists, see our tutorial.

If you have questions or wish to arrange training, please contact the Reading List Team via or +61 8 9266 7572 during normal working hours.

For help with copyright issues, such as how to comply with the University copyright licences, visit Copyright at Curtin.

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End of Year shutdown

By Curtin Library 5 December 2019 Library Services JCPML News & events Comments off

T.L. Robertson Library

The Library will operate at reduced hours from 9am–5pm from 16 December to 19 December. It will then be closed from Friday 20 December, reopening Monday 6 January at 8.30am.

John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library (JCPML)

The JCPML will be closed from Friday 20 December, reopening Monday 6 January at 10am.

WA School of Mines Kalgoorlie

The three week shutdown will commence Friday 13 December at 5pm, continuing until 6 January 2020 at 8.30am.

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Scheduled maintenance: Library online services

By Curtin Library 29 November 2019 News & events Comments off

Digital & Technology Solutions will be conducting maintenance on Library servers on Sunday, 8 December from 8:00am to 9:00am (Perth time). Library online resources and databases may be unavailable during this period.

The Library apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

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CGSB Library trimester break opening hours

By Curtin Library 24 November 2019 News & events Comments off

Curtin Graduate School of Business Library (CGSB)

CGSB Library will be closed from Friday 29 November 2019 for the Trimester break. The Library will re-open on Monday 13 January 2020.

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Semester Break Opening Hours

By Curtin Library 20 November 2019 News & events Comments off

Please note the Library’s opening hours for the semester break.

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T.L. Robertson Library closing at 6pm Friday 22 November

By Curtin Library 19 November 2019 News & events Comments off

As part of our transition to semester break opening hours, Robertson Library will be closing at 6pm on Friday, 22 November 2019.

Semester break hours will commence from 23 November 2019 to 24 February 2020, as follows:

23 November 2019 – 24 February 2020
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5.30pm
Saturday – Sunday Closed


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Suggestion: Group Study

By Curtin Library 11 November 2019 News & events Comments off

From the Suggestion Box@Curtin Library…
Can you please ask people who are squished into seats around one computer together to move to the group study rooms, or alternatively one of the group study tables instead. Its really uncomfortable when you are sitting at a computer and have 3 people squashed in next to you taking up your desk space meaning you can’t study comfortably as these computers were set up / designed for on level 3.

The Library responds…
Thank you for your feedback and I am sorry to hear that your studies have been interrupted.

In a situation like this, you may respectfully let the group using the workstation know that they are in your personal space, and not providing enough room for you to complete your studies. A staff member will also be happy to assist either yourself or the group locate another workstation or study space, especially during busy times.

If you need immediate action from staff to address an issue in the library, please phone us on 9266 7166 (or just 7166 from a Library help phone) or email us This email address is monitored all the time the Library is providing full service and issues will be attended to as soon as possible once they are drawn to our attention.

James Robinson
Curtin Library

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Need material for research or study? We have 376 databases to help you!

By Curtin Library 11 November 2019 News & events Comments off

databases infographicThe Library provides a variety of content such as journal articles, eBooks, video streams and much more through our 376 searchable databases. These are discipline-specific to support study and research in the areas of business, law, health, humanities, and science and engineering, or multidisciplinary to cover a range of subject areas.

The figures on the infographic are comprised of both the discipline-specific databases, as well as the number of multidisciplinary databases that also contain relevant content for each specific faculty at Curtin.

You can access the databases via the Library catalogue, or from the Databases list.

If you have any questions about this service, feel free to contact us or your Faculty Librarian.

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Suggestion: Creaking Door

By Curtin Library 11 November 2019 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…
Hi, I just wanted to notify you of the creaking door on level 5 quiet room. It does not close properly and swings outward while creaking with the slightest change in air movement which is very annoying when you are trying to concentrate. Can you please fix it?

The Library responds…
Thanks for the feedback, we’ll ask the maintenance team to check it out.

Colin Sinclair
Curtin Library

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Don’t Delay Your Exam Results

By Curtin Library 11 November 2019 News & events Comments off

A sanction on your student record will prevent you from viewing your exam results. To avoid a sanction, please return all Library items by their due date and keep outstanding fines below $20.00.

Check your Borrower Information through the Library Catalogue, or the My Library tag in OASIS to find out when your items are due to be returned and how to avoid fines.

Find out more about Sanctions here.


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